The taskbar is an important component of Android 12L for tablets and foldables, but Samsung devices have a bug that prevents the taskbar from appearing when using a third-party launcher.

In its One UI 4.1.1 upgrade, Samsung released Android 12L, bringing the newest big-screen capabilities from Google to its foldables and tablets. The taskbar, which debuted on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 but has subsequently spread to the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Tab S8, and Galaxy Tab S7, also landed with that update.

On a Samsung device, however, using the Android 12L taskbar has the small drawback of the feature being disabled when using a third-party launcher. The taskbar’s on/off switch in the settings menu will be disabled by choices like or.

Although a little annoying, this makes some logic.

It’s quite simple to get around the taskbar toggle that is grayed out in Samsung’s implementation of Android 12L by exploring the settings on the Galaxy Z Fold 4. The taskbar setting may be quickly accessed by going to Settings > Display > Navigation bar and scrolling down to the “Looking for something else?” section. Even if you are using a third-party launcher, tapping it exposes the option to enable the taskbar, but it is very obvious why Samsung disabled this feature.

You’ll notice the taskbar still appears on the multitasking menu after using it for a short while on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 using Niagara Launcher, one of the few launchers that makes sense with the Fold 4’s two displays. However, the taskbar frequently stops working and stops showing any apps. Since I originally tested this, I’ve also observed that the taskbar tends to glitch more frequently, necessitating switching the feature on and off to correct it.

Android 12L and Android 13 do not disable the taskbar when using a third-party launcher under “stock” Android, or at least not on Pixel phones. Instead, it might just keep displaying the taskbar when using the launcher and not sync the taskbar’s icons with those on the dock.

Although it appears that this behavior will continue for the foreseeable future, Android may eventually broaden the feature, as it did with problems with navigation gestures and third-party launchers.

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